orphreyed, adj.
/awr"free/, n., pl. orphreys.
1. an ornamental band or border, esp. on an ecclesiastical vestment.
2. gold embroidery.
3. rich embroidery of any sort.
4. a piece of richly embroidered material.
[1300-50; ME orfreis (later construed as pl.) < OF < ML aurifrisium, var. of AURIFRIGIUM, for L phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, lit., Phrygian gold]

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▪ embroidery work
also spelled  Orfray, or Orfrey,  

      highly elaborate embroidery work, or a piece of such embroidery. More specifically orphrey is an ornamental border, or embroidered band, especially as used on ecclesiastical vestments. Orphreys often utilized cloth of gold, gold trimming, or gold and silk weft, or filling. They were frequently woven several bands wide and then cut apart.

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